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Belgian Defence - Air Component - F-16 Fighting Falcon
 

The Belgium Defence Air Component (BDAC) selected the F-16 Fighting Falcon as a replacement for the F-104 Starfighter and Mirage 5. The F-16s for the BDAC where build by Sociétés Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques (SABCA) The BDAC was the lagerst initial buyer, the first order where 116 F-16A/B and a follow on order for 44 F-16A/B all deliveries where completed in 1991. The BDAC initially operated 7 Squadrons with the F-16.

Because of the withdrawal of the Mirage 5BR recce aircraft the 2 Wing at Florennes Air Base where modified to carry the Dutch made Orpheus camera pod. These where later replaced by the Danish modular recce pod. As of 2001 the pods are equipped with new digital camera’s and infrared scanners, witch make real time reconnaissance possible.

In 1989 a two year study began regarding a possible mid-life upgrades for the USAF and EPAF F-16s. The resulting F-16 Mid-life update (MLU) package was designed to upgrade the cockpit and avionics to the equivalent of that on the F-16 block 50. The EPAF redesignated the F-16A/B aircraft that received the MLU as F-16AM/BM respectively.

An agreement on the MLU was finalized in January 1993. Due to cutbacks in the size of the BDAC the first plan was to upgrade only 48 F-16’s. In 1997 approval was given to update another 24 F-16s and in early 1998 the green light was given to upgrade the last 18 F-16 jets to the MLU standard.

The BDAC F-16 fleet where deployed for the first time to Villafranca in Italy in 1996 for the operation Joined Falcon together with the RNLAF. In 1999 the deployment moved to Amendola, and from that base the Belgium F-16 Det started with the NATO air campaign Allied Force. The deployment in Amendola ended in 2001. In 2004 the NATO tasked the BDAC with the NATO air policing mission in the Baltic republics Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. This marked the first operational NATO fighter deployment in a former Soviet state.

From July 2005 the BDAC send four F-16s to Kabul International Airport in support of the ISAF troops in Afghanistan, this deployment ended in July 2006. In September 2009 the BDAC deployed again four F-16s. This time to Kandahar in the south of Afghanistan under the name of "Operation Guardian Falcon" in support of the ISAF troops on the ground.

The BDAC currently operates 5 units from two bases; 2 Wing at Florennes in the Walloon region comprising of 1 and 350 Squadrons (Sqn) and 10 Wing based at Kleine Brogel in Flanders comprising of the Operational Conversion Unit (OCU), 31 Sqn and 349 Sqn.

Belgian Defence - Air Component - F-16 Fighting Falcon
 

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F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-56 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-56  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-69 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-69   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-69 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-69  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-72 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-72  

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F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-83 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-83  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-84 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-84   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-84 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-84  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-86 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-86  

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F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-91 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-91  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-95 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-95  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-101 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-101  

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F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-114 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-114  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-116 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-116  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-121 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-121  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-123 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-123   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-123 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-123  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-124 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-124  

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F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-127 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-127  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA-133 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA-133  

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F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA69 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA69  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA70 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA70   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA70 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA70   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA70 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA70  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA71 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA71   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA71 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA71  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA72/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA72   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA72/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA72  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA76 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA76  

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F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA81 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA81   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA81 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA81   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA81 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA81   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA81 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA81

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA83 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA83   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA83 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA83   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA83 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA83   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA83 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA83

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA84 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA84   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA84 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA84   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA84 - 1 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA84   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA84 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA84

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA86 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA86   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA86 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA86   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA86 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA86   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA86 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA86

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA87 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA87   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA87 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA87   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA87 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA87   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA87 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA87

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F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA91 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA91   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA91 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA91   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA91 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA91  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA92/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA92   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA92 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA92   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA92 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA92   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA92 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA92

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA94 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA94   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA94 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA94  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA95 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA95  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA97/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA97   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA97 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA97   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA97 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA97  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA98 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA98   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA98 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA98  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA99 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA99  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA100 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA100  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA101 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA101   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA101 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA101   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA101 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA101   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA101 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA101

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA102 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA102  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA103 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA103  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA104/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA104   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA104/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA104  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA106 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA106   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA106 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA106  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA107 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA107   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA107/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA107   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA107 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA107   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA107 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA107

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA108 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA108   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA108 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA108   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA108 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA108  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA109/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA109   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA109 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA109   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA109 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA109   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA109 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA109

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA110 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA110   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA110 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA110   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA110 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA110   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA110 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA110

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA111 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA111  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA112 (w/o 09-09-2005) - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA112 (w/o 09-09-2005)  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA114 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA114  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA115 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA115  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA116 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA116   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA116 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA116   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA116 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA116   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA116 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA116

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA117 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA117  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA118 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA118   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA118 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA118   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA118 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA118  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA119 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA119  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA120 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA120  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA121 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA121   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA121 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA121   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA121 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA121  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA123 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA123   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA123 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA123  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA124 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA124   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA124 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA124   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA124 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA124  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA125 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA125   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA125 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA125   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA125 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA125  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA126/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA126   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA126 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA126   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA126 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA126   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA126 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA126

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA127/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA127   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA127 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA127   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA127 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA127   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA127 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA127

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA128 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA128  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA129 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA129  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA130 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA130   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA130/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA130   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA130/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA130   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA130 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA130

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA131 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA131   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA131 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA131   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA131 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA131   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA131 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA131

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA132 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA132   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA132 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA132   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA132 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA132  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA133/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA133   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA133 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA133   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA133 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA133   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA133 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA133

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA134 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA134   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA134 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA134   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA134 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA134   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA134 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA134

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA135 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA135   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA135 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA135   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA135 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA135   F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA135 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA135

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - FA136 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FA136  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB-17 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB-17  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB-20 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB-20  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB-22 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB-22  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB-24 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB-24   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB-24 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB-24  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB02 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB02   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB02 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB02   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB02 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB02   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB02 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB02

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB04 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB04  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB05/FS - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB05   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB05 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB05   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB05 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB05   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB05 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB05

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB09 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB09   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB09 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB09   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB09 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB09  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB10 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB10  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB12 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB12   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB12 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB12  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB15 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB15   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB15 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB15   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB15 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB15   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB15 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB15

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB17 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB17  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB18 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB18   F-16B Fighting Falcon - FB18 - 2 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB18  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB20 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB20   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB20 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB20   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB20 - 10 Wing - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB20   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB20 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB20

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB21 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB21   F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB21 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB21  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB22 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB22  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB23 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB23  

F-16BM Fighting Falcon - FB24 - Belgian Defence - Air Component FB24  

F-16AM Fighting Falcon - Belgian Defence - Air Component unknown  
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